Oakland A's Claim Gondola Would Bring $685 Million To City

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A gondola connecting downtown Oakland with a proposed ballpark for the Oakland A's on the waterfront would provide transportation and economic benefits to the city, according a new study. 

The gondola, which would be privately financed under the A's proposal, would carry more than a million riders per year and generate $685 million in economic activity, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute report

“It’s going to be a really amazing transportation and innovating transportation device that’s going to be able to take people from downtown Oakland to the waterfront, up and over the 880, and really help move up to 6,000 people an hour to and from the stadium,” A’s President Dave Kaval said to KCBS Radio. 

The sky ride would carry 35 passengers at a time, making the one-mile trip in 3.5 minutes. 

The A's plan for a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal near Jack London Square is under state environmental review.

“We expect that to take through the end of 2019 when we can get that verified,” Kaval said. “It’s a very important step.”

Kaval says the team is working with the Port of Oakland to finalize an agreement on the property with a goal of opening the ballpark in 2023. 

Written by Brian Krans.